Fisherman's shock after coming face-to-face with stowaway on boat

Melissa Buttigieg
News Reporter

First they came on a plane but now a snake has made its way on a boat.

A snake catcher was called to sea after a Sunshine Coast fisherman came face-to-face with a python that had stowed away on his boat.

The serpent had somehow slithered onto the vessel at Caloundra unnoticed.

It was not until the fisherman was away from land he made the shock discovery, spotting the snake curled up right next to his head while powering the boat, according to snake catcher Stuart McKenzie.

A Sunshine Coast fisherman got a shock when he discovered a coastal carpet python on his boat. Credit: Stuart McKenzie via Storyful

“Usually when you see a snake you can run away from it but unfortunately when you are on a boat out at sea and you notice a big python there is nowhere you can run,” Mr McKenzie wrote in the post accompanying the video of the catch on The Snake Catcher 24/7 Sunshine Coast Facebook page.

“The gentleman, he rocked up this morning and wanted to go for a fish and a crab,” he said in the video.

“He hasn’t had any luck fishing but I tell you what he has caught – a decent-sized coastal carpet python.”

Snake catcher Stuart McKenzie successfully tackled the python and said “when you are on a boat out at sea and you notice a big python there is no where you can run to”. Credit: Stuart McKenzie via Storyful

While out at sea, the boatie reached up and got the fright of his life when he noticed the snake at eye level, curled around a clothesline area at the back of the boat.

“He called me and I met him at the closest dock so I could relocate the snake,” Mr McKenzie said, saying the ocean call-out was a first for him.

The expert said he would relocate the python “back out to the bush where he belongs”.